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Happy Veteran's Day!

by Desi Sowers

It happened on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. An armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

Show your appreciation for our veterans by attending one of the events being held in their honor. See the links for details.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ Veterans Day remembrance ceremony. Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony

Radford University Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

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Virginia's Veterans Day Parade

4 DIY projects for your first home

by Desi Sowers

 

(BPT) - "Where should I start?" It's a question many homeowners ask themselves.

DIY is a great place to start for new homeowners. DIY projects are very versatile - they can easily be adapted to your skill level, budget and desired project. With a little extra time and creativity, you can transform your home.

Other benefits to choosing a DIY project are that they are typically more cost-effective than the alternative and they offer an added sense of ownership and pride in your home.

Since DIY project ideas are endless, it's important to choose ones that will improve your home's value at a reasonable cost. A DIY project should make your life easier and more enjoyable. These are some top recommended DIY projects for first-time homeowners. They won't break the bank but they will deliver a bang for your buck.

1. Add crown molding or update casing and trim. The addition of crown molding to the top of interior walls is a subtle change with big impact. Casing, which is the trim around doors and windows, can also make a huge difference. The replacement of dated crown molding, casing or trim can make a room look newly updated. Go one step further with a fresh coat of paint on the walls, and you'll basically have an entirely new room. For more information on how to install crown molding, check out these simple steps.

2. Replace doors. Doors are often forgettable, but don't have to be. Replace hollow core bedroom, bathroom and closet doors with wood alternatives for an instant dash of richness. And don't limit yourself to traditionally-styled options. From specialty woods to glass panels, there are plenty of options to choose from.

3. Clean and refinish your wood deck. As long as your wood is in good shape, all you need is deck cleaner and wood stain to turn something dated into the focal point of your backyard. You can buy deck cleaner at your local hardware store. Wood deck stains are available there or at a paint store. You'll be amazed to see weathered wood look like new again. If you haven't cleaned or refinished a deck before, here are step-by-step instructions.

4. Update your closets. Add built-in shelving or simply streamline clothes hangers for an organizational boost you'll thank yourself for every day. Or you can tackle a popular closet upgrade: lining a traditional closet with cedar. Natural cedar looks great, smells great and keeps moths and mildew away. It's a classic and high-end upgrade that's not terribly expensive or time-intensive. When your friends or family open your closet, they will be pleasantly surprised.

Use tongue-and-groove cedar to line some or all of an existing closet. You can leave baseboards in place if they're thicker than the cedar. If not, remove them with a pry bar before the cedar installation. Use nails to attach the cedar to the wall studs, or adhere them with a construction adhesive. Prepare to feel like a bona fide fancy grown-up when it's done!

These are just a fraction of the many DIY projects possibilities. The most important piece of advice is to have fun and don't be afraid to try new things. The more DIY projects you complete, the more confident you'll feel. To get started, pencil in a dedicated DIY day on your calendar and enjoy the process!

How Long Do Families Stay in a Home?

by Desi Sowers

 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historic data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a home. As the graph below shows, for over twenty years (1985-2008), the median tenure averaged exactly six years. However, since 2008, that average is almost nine years – an increase of almost 50%.

Why the dramatic increase?

The reasons for this change are plentiful. The top two reasons are:

However, with home prices rising dramatically over the last several years, over 90% of homes with a mortgage are now in a positive equity situation with 70% of them having at least 20% equity.
  1. The fall in home prices during the housing crisis left many homeowners in a negative equity situation (where their home was worth less than the mortgage on the property).
  2. The uncertainty of the economy made some homeowners much more fiscally conservative about making a move.

And, with the economy coming back and wages starting to increase, many homeowners are in a much better financial situation than they were just a few short years ago.

What does this mean for housing?

Many believe that a large portion of homeowners are not in a house that is best for their current family circumstances. They could be baby boomers living in an empty, four-bedroom colonial, or a millennial couple planning to start a family that currently lives in a one-bedroom condo.

These homeowners are ready to make a move. Since the lack of housing inventory is a major challenge in the current housing market, this could be great news.

by The KCM Crew on November 2, 2016 in For Buyers

Desi Sowers Wants to Help You Turn Back Time!

by Desi Sowers

It’s that time of year again!  Crisp Fall days, colorful leaves and oh yeah…”falling back.”  Clocks shift back to Standard Time on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 AM. This shift in time moves one hour of daylight from the evening to the morning hours and gives us that treasured extra hour of sleep! With the end of Daylight Saving Time right around the corner, let’s take a look at the history of time change in our country.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) started in the USA in 1918 as a way to conserve fuel during WWI. It was not a new idea though.  Benjamin Franklin was an early proponent of changing clocks to create more daylight hours in order to save on candle use.  Time change use in the USA has changed often since 1918.  The most recent change was in 2007 when the dates were changed to the current schedule of the second Sunday in March as the beginning of DST and the first Sunday in November as the beginning of Standard Time.  One practical reason for this change was to extend DST past October 31 in order to provide more daylight for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.  Currently, 48 states observe the time change with only Arizona and Hawaii not participating.

Many people dislike DST and don’t understand the need for it.  The primary argument against it is that the time change effects sleep patterns thus causing an increase in workplace accidents and a decrease in sleep and productivity.  However, if we maintained Standard Time year round, the sun would set earlier during the spring and summer.  Retailers say that business is better when the sun shines later into the night and since more people shop in the evenings than in the mornings, DST is good for commerce. That’s part of the reason why Congress expanded DST in 2007. Since people generally do most of their free-time activities after work and not before, it makes sense to have more daylight in the evening. This begs the question, “why not keep DST year round?”.  Well, just ask farmers.  The primary defenders of Standard Time are farmers and others who must rise early. There is only so much daylight to go around and nobody enjoys having to get up when it’s dark, which is what DST does: it pushes the earlier hours into deeper darkness in exchange for more light after work.

One thing is certain. Moving our clocks in either direction changes the principal time cue - light - for setting and resetting our 24-hour natural cycle.  In doing so, our internal clock becomes out of sync with our current day/night schedule.  It can be especially challenging for young children who’s sleep patterns are disturbed by the time change.  A tip for helping children to adapt to the time change is to begin adjusting their schedules by about ten minutes at a time each night over the week prior to the time change.  Changing the clocks is also a good reminder to check your smoke detectors and to replace the batteries in them.

So, remember to “fall back” on November 6 and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

 

If you would like to talk about buying or selling a home, give me a call 540-320-1328  or visit my website to Discover your new home.

 
 
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Move right in and enjoy all the quality updates this brick ranch has to offer. New heat pump, new roof, new windows new hot water heater, updated bathroom and hardwood floors are just a few of the perks waiting for the lucky buyer. A delicious kitchen has been prepared just for the chef in your family with a full appliance package, subway tiled backsplash, quartz countertops, ceramic tiled floors, trendy light and faucet fixtures plus an abundance of gorgeous cabinetry.  Bay window views and a toasty fireplace make this living room the ideal place for relaxing. Spacious bedrooms all with ceiling fans and a ceramic tiled bath will ensure you are rested and ready to start your day. A covered patio plus an extended patio overlook the fully fenced yard with mature trees. Full unfinished basement and a storage shed. Excellent location for strolling to Riverlawn Elementary, Shopping or a 10 min drive to Wildwood and David Bissett Park. Make 6658 Riverview Drive your home. Call today!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.  

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

 
 
View the Tour

 

Move right in and enjoy all the quality updates this brick ranch has to offer. New heat pump, new roof, new windows new hot water heater, updated bathroom and hardwood floors are just a few of the perks waiting for the lucky buyer. A delicious kitchen has been prepared just for the chef in your family with a full appliance package, subway tiled backsplash, quartz countertops, ceramic tiled floors, trendy light and faucet fixtures plus an abundance of gorgeous cabinetry.  Bay window views and a toasty fireplace make this living room the ideal place for relaxing. Spacious bedrooms all with ceiling fans and a ceramic tiled bath will ensure you are rested and ready to start your day. A covered patio plus an extended patio overlook the fully fenced yard with mature trees. Full unfinished basement and a storage shed. Excellent location for strolling to Riverlawn Elementary, Shopping or a 10 min drive to Wildwood and David Bissett Park. Make 6658 Riverview Drive your home. Call today!

You don’t have to just visit; you can live here and enjoy Virginia’s growing economy and vacation-like lifestyle! With easy access to I-81 you can appreciate a prime example of why New River Valley VA is such a desired place to live and play. This Radford VA home is just steps to shopping, nightlife, VA Tech and recreational activities.

Desi Sowers has distinguished herself as a leader in the New River Valley real estate market. Desi assists buyers looking for New River Valley real estate for sale and aggressively markets New River Valley homes for sale.  

Desi brings with her a keen eye for the details of buying or selling a New River Valley home and seemingly boundless determination and energy, which is why her clients benefit from her unique brand of real estate service. Rooted in Tradition, Focused on the Future – Desi Sowers will help make the most of your New River Valley real estate experience. Give her a call today, 540-320-1328, and discover the difference she can make during your family's move.

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